Richard G. Heimberg, Ph.D.
AACT Clinic Director & Professor of Psychology

Richard G. Heimberg is the Thaddeus L. Bolton Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University. Dr. Heimberg is well known for his efforts to develop cognitive-behavioral treatments for social anxiety disorder and examine their efficacy in comparison to (or in combination with) medication treatments. He and his colleagues have also conducted research on the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Most recently, Dr. Heimberg and colleagues at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry have been working on a program for the treatment of patients with anxiety about going to the dentist. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Heimberg has published more than 400 articles and chapters on social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, dental anxiety, and related topics. He was recently listed among the top 1% of cited authors in his field according to Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, a statistical compilation of publications and citations. He is co-editor or co-author of several books including:

Hope, D. A., Heimberg, R. G., &  Turk, C.L. (2010). Therapist guide for Managing social anxiety: A cognitive-behavioral therapy approach (2nd edition). New York: Oxford University Press.

Hope, D. A., Heimberg, R. G., & Turk, C.L. (2010).  Managing social anxiety: A cognitive-behavioral therapy approach (Client Workbook, 2nd edition). New York: Oxford University Press.

Ledley, D.R., Marx, B.P., & Heimberg, R.G. (2010). Making cognitive-behavioral therapy work: Clinical process for new practitioners (2nd edition).  New York: Guilford Press.

Antony, M.M., Ledley, D.R., & Heimberg, R.G.  (2005). Improving outcomes and preventing relapse in cognitive behavioral therapy.  New York: Guilford Press.

Heimberg, R.G., Turk, C.L., & Mennin, D.S.  (2004). Generalized anxiety disorder: Advances in research and practice.  New York: Guilford Press.

Heimberg, R. G., & Becker, R. E. (2002).  Cognitive-behavioral group therapy for social phobia: Basic mechanisms and clinical strategies. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Heimberg, R. G., Liebowitz, M. R., Hope, D. A., & Schneier, F. (Eds.) (1995).  Social phobia:  Diagnosis, assessment, and treatment.  New York:  Guilford Press.

Dr. Heimberg is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. He is also Past Editor of Behavior Therapy, the flagship journal of ABCT and has served on 15 additional editorial boards over the years. Dr. Heimberg was named one of the four most influential psychological researchers in anxiety in a 2001 survey of members of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and he serves on the Scientific Council of that association. He is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and was the inaugural recipient of the Academy’s A.T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contribution to Cognitive Therapy. He is a previous recipient of the Outstanding Research Award of the American Society for Group Work. He has also received awards from the Department of Psychology at his graduate alma mater Florida State University (2005 Doctoral Graduate of Distinction), from Temple University (2005 Paul Eberman Award for Excellence in Research), from ABCT (Outstanding Mentor 2006), from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology, 2014) and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to Students’ Professional Development, 2015).  Dr. Heimberg has served as mentor to over 60 doctoral students in clinical psychology over the course of his career.

Graduate Students


Sima Kaplan, M.A.

B.A. in Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. in Psychology, Temple University

Sima Kaplan is a fifth-year doctoral student working with Dr. Heimberg. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012 and worked as a research assistant from 2012 to 2014 at the Eating Disorders Research Unit (EDRU) at Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Sima’s research interests include examining social anxiety in stigmatized populations, with a current focus on the intersection between social anxiety and weight stigma. In her spare time, Sima enjoys traveling, reading, eating cheese, dance, and watching the sun set.


Arielle Horenstein, M.A.

B.A. in Psychology, Boston University
M.A. in Psychology, Temple University

Currently a fourth-year doctoral student, Arielle graduated from Boston University in 2013, after which she worked for two years at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital. Arielle’s current research interests focus on the interaction between anxiety and health behaviors. She is specifically interested in understanding how health-related behaviors affect treatment outcome for anxiety disorders, as well as the ways in which anxiety and related constructs influence healthcare utilization and adherence to medical treatment. In her free time, Arielle especially enjoys watching movies, biking, and eating cheeseburgers.

Michaela Swee, M.A.

B.A. in Psychology, Wesleyan University
M.A. in Psychology, Temple University

Michaela Swee is a fourth year doctoral student working with Dr. Heimberg. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2012. After her undergraduate career, she worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and the Depression Clinical and Research Program. Michaela is interested in the research and treatment of adult emotional disorders. Specifically, she aims to focus on generalized anxiety disorder and depression comorbidity, and the ways in which emotion regulation and intolerance of uncertainty influence the maintenance and treatment of emotional disorders. In her free time, Michaela enjoys cooking, eating, acting, arts-and-crafts-ing, and adventuring!

GR3A0327-EditRachel Butler, B.A.

B.A. in Psychology, UCLA

Rachel is a third-year doctoral student. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2014 and worked for two years as a research coordinator in the Bardone-Cone lab at the University of North Carolina. She is interested in studying risk and maintenance factors for anxiety disorders as well as causal factors that can be targeted in experimental interventions. She is especially interested in studying cognitive factors such as attention biases and information processing biases that perpetuate anxiety as well as emotion regulation difficulties in anxiety disorders. Rachel spends her free time swimming, biking, camping and searching for the best ice cream in Philadelphia.

Emily O’Day, B.A.

B.A. in Psychology, Williams College

Emily is a second-year doctoral student. She graduated from Williams College in 2015. Following graduation, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital for two years. She is interested in studying how emotion dysregulation perpetuates anxiety disorders. She is also interested in the relationship between guilt, shame, and maladaptive cognitive processes such as self-criticism and rumination. Emily spends her free time spinning, cooking, watching movies, and trying to find the best new restaurants.

Research Coordinators

Matt Gitlin, B.A.

B.A. in Psychology, Lock Haven University

Matt graduated from Lock Haven University in 2013 and joined the AACT in the summer of 2016.  Matt’s primary research interests include behavioral contagion, the interplay between social psychology & health, cognitive therapy & mind-body connections, technology’s impact on psychology, and mindfulness.  Matt enjoys hiking, exploring, writing, the enneagram, and challenging hot sauces!

Brennah Ross, B.S.

B.S. in Economics, The College of New Jersey

Brennah is currently a research coordinator. She graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2015, and recently completed a psychology post-bacc at Villanova University, where she worked as a research assistant in the Psychological Assessment Lab. Her research interests include anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma. In her free time she enjoys swimming, live music, and eating grilled cheese.

Student Clinicians

Our clinic is staffed by graduate students from Temple University’s Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. All student clinicians are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder and are dedicated to helping clients manage their anxiety and meet their personal goals. Students are closely supervised by our clinic director, Dr. Heimberg. In addition to conducting therapy, our student clinicians conduct research aimed at improving our understanding and treatment of social anxiety disorder. Student clinicians for the 2017-2018 academic year include: Sima Kaplan, Arielle Horenstein, Rachel Butler, Michaela Swee, and Shannon Murphy.